Resource allocation for efficient environmental management

McCarthy, Michael A., Thompson, Colin J., Hauser, Cindy, Burgman, Mark A., Possingham, Hugh P., Moir, Melinda L., Tiensin, Thanawat and Gilbert, Marius (2010) Resource allocation for efficient environmental management. Ecology Letters, 13 10: 1280-1289. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01522.x

Author McCarthy, Michael A.
Thompson, Colin J.
Hauser, Cindy
Burgman, Mark A.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Moir, Melinda L.
Tiensin, Thanawat
Gilbert, Marius
Title Resource allocation for efficient environmental management
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01522.x
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 10
Start page 1280
End page 1289
Total pages 10
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
050205 Environmental Management
Abstract Environmental managers must decide how to invest available resources. Researchers have previously determined how to allocate conservation resources among regions, design nature reserves, allocate funding to species conservation programs, design biodiversity surveys and monitoring programs, manage species and invest in greenhouse gas mitigation schemes. However, these issues have not been addressed with a unified theory. Furthermore, uncertainty is prevalent in environmental management, and needs to be considered to manage risks. We present a theory for optimal environmental management, synthesizing previous approaches to the topic and incorporating uncertainty. We show that the theory solves a diverse range of important problems of resource allocation, including distributing conservation resources among the world’s biodiversity hotspots; surveillance to detect the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus in Thailand; and choosing survey methods for the insect order Hemiptera. Environmental management decisions are similar to decisions about financial investments, with trade-offs between risk and reward.
Keyword Avian influenza
biodiversity hotspots
biodiversity loss
infectious diseases
insect surveys
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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